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Lizzy McAlpine: Tiny Desk Concert

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Bob Boilen | November 8, 2022
While there's a quiet element to Lizzy McAlpine's music, there's also an explosive element of electronics, electric guitars and drums on her 2022 album five seconds flat that feels cinematic. So when Lizzy told us that all she'd need for her Tiny Desk concert were some microphones and a few acoustic guitars, I was surprised — curious and eager to hear her rise to the challenge of our intimate setting.

Her backing vocalists are a trio coincidentally and appropriately called Tiny Habits, a group she met on Instagram about a year ago. "I wanted to recontextualize the songs on the album with just vocals and guitar," Lizzy says. "I feel like that's how I write most of my songs anyway. I just wanted them to be more intimate." And with those harmonies, Lizzy's gently expressive voice and a bit of acoustic guitar, the 23-year-old's stories came through powerfully clear.

"all my ghosts"

Lizzy McAlpine: acoustic guitars, vocals
Cinya Khan: vocals
Judah Mayowa: vocals
Maya Rae: vocals

Producer: Bob Boilen
Director: Joshua Bryant
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Series Producer: Bobby Carter
Editor: Maia Stern
Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Maia Stern, Michael Zamora
Audio Assistant: Neil Tevault
Production Assistant: Sofia Seidel
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Kara Frame, Jill Britton
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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